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Linton Surname Meaning

Scottish northern Irish and English: habitational name from any of numerous places so called found in the Scottish Borders and in various parts of England. The second element is in all cases Old English tūn ‘enclosure settlement’. In the case of Linton in Northumberland the first element is a British river name Lyne (related to Welsh lliant ‘stream’) while Linton in Kent is ‘estate associated with a man called Lill or Lilla’. The other places of this name normally have as their first element Old English lind ‘lime tree’ or līn ‘flax’ but occasionally perhaps hlynn ‘torrent’ or hlinc ‘hillside’. (On the basis of geographical situation the meaning ‘torrent’ would be appropriate to Linton near Skipton in West Yorkshire).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Winton, Clinton, Hinton, Litton, Liston, Sinton, Lindon, Lifton

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Where is the Linton family from?

You can see how Linton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Linton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Linton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 291 Linton families living in Yorkshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Linton's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Linton families in 1891.
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What did your Linton ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Linton. 12% of Linton men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Linton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Linton were Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    12%
  • Shop Assistant
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    6%
  • Colliery Hewer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Linton. For the veterans among your Linton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Linton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Linton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Linton in 1944 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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